No Perfect Magic (Unexpected Magic #6): Patricia Rice
Chemistry of Magic (Unexpected Magic #5): Patricia Rice
Magic in the Stars (Unexpected Magic #1): Patricia Rice
When Lisa Najeeb Halaby was 26, her father introduced her to King Hussein of Jordan. Within a year, she became his fourth wife. Born in 1951 to a distinguished Arab-American family, Lisa was unsure what her role would be. King Hussein was not only the head of state in Jordan but also considered the spiritual leader of all Muslims. This memoir provides a vital perspective on 30 years of turbulent world history from the Arab point of view: the displacement of over one million Palestinians by the creation of Israel, Hussein´s frustrating efforts for peace, and the impact of Saddam Hussein and the Gulf War on Jordan and the royal family. A fascinating and dramatic portrait of a woman who took a great risk in a part of the world where women´s roles are narrowly defined. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Toren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbca/000039/bk_bbca_000039_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Beyond The Rear View Mirror:Navigating the Unexpected Detours on the Road of Life Shelley Streit
Christians are supposed to be ´´the light of the world.” Yet we seem to spend most of our time stumbling in the dark. We want answers carved in stone, and instead we get uncertainty. We want a clearly marked path and a panoramic view of the future, and God gives us only fleeting glimpses of what lies ahead—and just enough light to take the next step. So what do we do? We take the next step. In her much anticipated follow-up to Looking for God, Nancy Ortberg takes readers on a journey that began thousands of years ago. From an ancient cave in Turkey to the California coast, Nancy highlights the often unexpected, sometimes imperceptible, yet always extraordinary means God uses to light our way - sometimes through even the most painful and challenging moments in life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pam Ward. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/001340/bk_hove_001340_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Priscilla Gilman had the greatest expectations for the birth of her first child. Growing up in New York City amongst writers, artists, and actors, Gilman experienced childhood as a whirlwind of imagination, creativity, and spontaneity. As a Wordsworth scholar, she celebrated and embraced the poet´s romantic view of children - and eagerly anticipated her son´s birth, certain that he, too, would come - trailing clouds of glory. But her romantic vision would not be fulfilled in the ways she dreamed. Though Benjamin was an extraordinary child, the signs of his precocity - dazzling displays of memory and intelligence - were also manifestations of a developmental disorder that would require intensive therapies and special schooling, and would dramatically alter the course Priscilla had imagined for her family. In The Anti-Romantic Child, a memoir full of lyricism and light, Gilman explores the complexity of our hopes for our children, our families, and ourselves, and the way in which experience can alter and lead us to reimagine those hopes and expectations. Using Wordsworth´s poetry as a touchstone, she speaks intimately of her poignant journey through crisis and disenchantment to a place of peace and resilience. Through her courageous account, we discover how events and situations often perceived as setbacks can actually inspire and enrich us. Developing a supple and open mind is important, this book reminds us, not only with respect to our children but also with respect to our relationship with any person whose otherness is at first disorienting. As she goes beyond her family´s trials and ultimate triumphs, Gilman illuminates the flourishing of life that occurs when we embrace the unexpected. The Anti-Romantic Child is an incredible synthesis of memoir and literature, one that resonates long after you finish listening. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Priscilla Gilman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002469/bk_harp_002469_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This invaluable guide will help the historical number of eightysomethings live fulfilled, happy lives long into their twilight years. Old age is not what it used to be. For the first time ever, most people in the United States are living into their eighties. The first guide of its kind, Eightysomethings changes our understanding of old age with an upbeat and emotionally savvy view of the uncharted territory of the last stage of life. With insight and humor, Dr. Katharine Esty describes the series of dramatic and difficult transitions that eightysomethings usually experience and how, despite their losses, they so often find themselves unexpectedly happy. Living into one’s eighties doesn’t have to mean declining health and loneliness: Dr. Esty shows listeners how to embrace - and thrive during - the later stages of life. Based on her more than 120 interviews around the country, Esty explores the lives of ordinary eightysomethings - their attitudes, activities, secrets, worries, purposes, and joys. Their stories illustrate how real people in their eighties are living and how they make sense of their lives. Esty adds her wisdom and perspective to this multi-dimensional look at being old as a social psychologist, a practicing psychotherapist, and as an eighty-four-year-old widow living in a retirement community. Eightysomethings is a must-listen for people in their eighties, and also for their families. Adult children - often bewildered by their aging parents - need a wise guide like Eightysomethings to help them navigate their parents’ last stage of life with real-world guidelines and conversation starters. Listeners, young and old alike, will find this first-of-its-kind book eye-opening, comforting, and filled with practical tips. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janet Metzger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011861/bk_brll_011861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A storyteller in the very best southern tradition, Lee Smith pens unexpected plots vibrant with luminous prose. Her powerful short stories in Me and My Baby View the Eclipse capture those extraordinary moments in everyday life when greatness and tragedy shimmer through the surface. This collection was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.Richly satisfying, each tale portrays ordinary people meeting trouble head-on with courage and compassion: a teenaged girl coping with her father´s nervous breakdown; a housewife filling her humdrum days with an eccentric lover; and a single mother struggling to hang onto her wayward son. With narrators Linda Stephens´ and Tom Stechschulte´s brilliant performances, these lyrical stories, made to be read aloud, will linger long in your memory.The collection includes: ´´Bob, a Dog´´; ´´Mom´´; ´´Life on the Moon´´; ´´Tongues of Fire´´; ´´Dreamers´´; ´´The Interpretation of Dreams´´; ´´Desire on Domino Island´´; ´´Intensive Care´´; and ´´Me and My Baby View the Eclipse´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Stechschulte, Linda Stephens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/000392/bk_reco_000392_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.